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Risk Factors for Chickenpox
- Coming in direct contact with someone infected with chickenpox or shingles
- Sharing eating utensils or other personal items with someone who has chickenpox
- Persons of any age who have neither had chickenpox in the past nor been immunized against chickenpox
- Newborns, especially those born prematurely, under 1 month old, or whose mothers had never contracted chickenpox prior to pregnancy
- People with a weakened immune system
- People with cancer
- Pregnant women
- People who are taking immunosuppressant drugs
- People who are moderately or severely ill and are not yet fully recovered
- People who have certain disorders affecting the blood, bone marrow, or lymphatic system
Chickenpox (varicella). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/chickenpox/ . Updated April 25, 2013. Accessed May 30, 2013.
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- Reviewer: David Horn, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014
- Update Date: 05/28/2014